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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: English Strong Ale
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 598   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned only. Previously 8.0%.
Some of the oak casks at Samuel Smith’s date back more than a century with the individual oak staves being replaced by the Old Brewery coopers over the years. Gradually the casks soak in more & more of the character of the ale fermented in stone Yorkshire squares. Yorkshire Stingo is aged for at least a year, matured in these well-used oak casks in the brewery’s underground cellars deriving fruit, raisin, treacle toffee, Christmas pudding and slight oaky flavours, before being further naturally conditioned in bottle.


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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndresTM (338) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Overripe fruits, vanilla, wood, caramel, wild apples, raisins, and lots of booze in the aroma. Layered and complex, but a bit overwhelming. The taste is milder, maltier, and sweeter, but it’s still pretty boozy. Plain, watery mouthfeel with practically no carbonation. I’d like to try this again, maybe a fresher bottle.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mortlach (1052) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 18, 2015
550ml bottle. Deep amber appearance, a bit hazy, with a medium white head. Aroma is overripe fruits, malt, brown sugar, toffee. Flavour is medium sweet, raisin, prunes, caramel, candy, a touch of whisky. Medium to heavy body, medium carbonation. A good beer for sure, but I was expecting something more...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3346) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2015
550 ml bottle. The beer is a hazed copper color with a beige head of foam. Good retention. The aroma has some acidic raisin, oak, dust. As the beer opens up more, the acidity seems to subside and allow more of a mellow sweetness. Thicker mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Not bad, really not what I expected.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (3878) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2015
Bottle from Stewart’s Wine Company 130215. What a great flavour and aftertaste this beer has. Raisins and port soaked currants come to mind. Big whiff of oak in the nose.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1505) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Delicious from a 18.7 ounce bottle. I’m not going to describe this ale as I always have others, because the commercial description is spot on. ABV at 8% (on this bottle) is not a factor. Very smooth and drinkable, though complex.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4964) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of nice caramelized malt notes with subtle toffee notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt notes with light toffee notes with a hint of residual sugar notes. Malt notes are really well balanced and showed clear cereal notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good example of a style that should be brewed more often.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (2827) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2015
(Samuel Smiths Yorkshire Stingo) Bottle 550 ml, served into a big snifter, ABV 8% on the label. Deep red amber colour on the body, two fingers of thick and creamy tan head, with good retention, leaving medium lacing behind. Aroma has cork, oak wood, caramel, raisins, prunes, light vanilla and alcohol. Nice, sweet taste, lots of red and dark fruits, sugars, warming alcohol, cake, plums, some oak wood again but less than the aroma implied, vanilla. Medium to full body, nicely carbonated. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KoNrRiI (609) - Århus, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2015
0.55 bottle still at 8% ABV. Light brown color with a reddish tinge and a yeasty, granulated suspension. Head is thick, off-white, and has a good retention. Aroma is very English, if I may say so, although one of the best: malts, caramel, delicate molasses, brown sugar, and a touch of dried fruits. Taste is bittersweet - definite caramel and malty sweetness but also licorice, wood, whiskey, alcohol, dust, and damp. Medium to full body, creamy texture, and soft carbonation. Finish is medium long and also bittersweet - better balanced though it leaves a sort of astringency and alcohol. Overall a nice brew, good for the style, but there is certainly a room for improvement.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gripweed57 (824) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2015
550 ml bottle. Hazy amber color. Big rocky tan head. Winery malt nose. Slightly tart, fruity malt flavor. Notes of dried fruit, but sour components seem to stand out. Not what I remember from previous tastings. More of a yeasty character than I remember. Label says it was bottled in 2013. Not picking up any oak or sweet malt. I think this was a $10.00 mistake. Need to try again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markoijelena (783) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle 0.55l at Little Tommie Birthday party Pozarevac Serbia.Happy Birthday Tommie and Ciaoooo Alberto.Pour it dark amber color with small white head.On the nose caramel. Taste and aroma of caramel, sweet candy sugar, dark dried fruits, whiskey note, and wooden barrel on the end.Not too complexed but ok drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2794) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours amber brown with a short beige head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, oak, toffee and raisins. Flavor was sweet and malty with toffee, raisins, bread, caramel, dark fruit and oak. Smooth oily texture, medium body, soft carbonation.


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